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 Posted: Thu Jan 27th, 2011 01:38 am
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wardenerd, you might try looking at it another way... it could be argued that reconstruction was fairly lenient. There were never more than 2,000 troops in the south—the regular army was too busy fighting Indians in the West, and most of those in the South were stationed in coastal forts. No Confederate political or military leaders were tried, let alone executed for levying war against the United States (with the exception of Henry Wirz, of course, but that was not for treason). The states were readmitted fairly quickly as long as they agreed to respect the voting rights of freedmen (which they ignored immediately upon the end of reconstruction). In the grand scheme of history, that is pretty easy going for such a costly insurrection. Just something to think about.

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Mark

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